Rogue Valley theater scene: March 13
Canceled or postponed: Call telephone numbers or check websites associated with listings to confirm local events
Ashland Children’s Theatre: See ashlandchildrenstheatre.com or call 541-414-8676 or 541-301-4549 for information.
‘Alice in Wonderland’ & ‘Wonder Land’: Presented in a back-to-back performance, “Alice in Wonderland” is a one-hour adaptation of the classic tale by C.S. Lewis. In this beloved story based on one of the most popular works of English fiction, the world of humans, animals and playing cards collide. This captivating tale follows Alice as she meets such iconic characters as the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and of course, the Queen of Hearts. Silliness abounds as Alice makes her way through this whirlwind of adventure. In “Wonder Land,” a new story in the land of nonsense, meet some familiar characters — and some unknown ones. Discover the real reason why the Knave of Hearts stole those tarts. Both plays are directed by Eve Smyth and produced by Kate Sullivan. Performances are set for 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15, and at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at The Dance Space, 280 E. Hersey St., Ashland. Tickets are $10, $5 for students in advance and are available in Ashland at Tree House Books, 15 N Main St., and The Music Coop, 268 E. Main St. Tickets at the door are $12, $6 for students.
Ashland Contemporary Theatre: Tickets can be purchased at ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org, at Paddington Station in Ashland, or Grocery Outlet in Medford. Call 541-646-2971 for information.
‘Pankhurst — Freedom or Death’: Originally presented as a two-hour play in 2018, this one-woman show returns to the stage in a new one-act version. To celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage, Jeannine Grizzard’s new play uses British suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst’s own words to explore her personal battles and fierce commitment to the women’s “suffrage army in the field.” Set in 1913, Grizzard’s historical drama probes the deeper issues behind women’s militancy against a world of governance by and for men. Grizzard is the sole actor in the play. Peggy Rubin directs. Shows are set for 8 p.m. Saturday, March 28; Monday, March 30 and April 6, at Black Swan Theatre, 15 S. Pioneer St.,corner of S. Pioneer St. and E, Main, Ashland; and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 4-5, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Tickets are $15.
Ashland High School Theatre: Mountain Avenue Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets can be purchased online at showtix4u.com, or in Ashland at the AHS Main Office; Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St.; Tree House Books, 15 N. Main St.; Music Coop, 268 E. Main St. or by calling 1-866-967-8167.
‘Urinetown — The Musical’: A terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public bathrooms, regulated by one evil company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. A hero, Bobby, decides he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom. Wickedly funny and full of wit, the show parodies musical theatre itself, tipping its hat and winking at many of the iconic Broadway musicals. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday, March 29-30. Tickets are $15 to $20, $12 for students younger than 18 and seniors 65 and older.
Ashland New Plays Festival: See ashlandnewplays.org.
‘Perseverance’: A staged reading of playwright Callie Kimball’s “Perserverance” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Main Stage Theater on the Southern Oregon University campus, 491 S. Mountain Ave. Set in Maine, the story tells the parallel stories of two women, both passionate educators working to help their communities, and what happens when their lives intertwine. In 1920, Perseverance Turner, an African-American schoolteacher, writer and suffragist, is determined to elevate her students above the circumstances in which they were born. In 2020, Dawn Davis, a white school teacher, is running for office on a platform of education reform. The play is a commission of Portland Stage and the Maine Suffrage Centennial Collaborative, set to coincide with the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. Tickets are $20, and are available online at ashlandnewplays.org or at the door. Call 541-488-7995 for further information.
Barnstormers Theatre: 112 Evelyn Ave., Grants Pass. See barnstormersgp.org or call 541-479-3557 for tickets. Group discounts are available.
‘Revenge of the Space Pandas’: “Revenge of the Space Pandas,” (aka “Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock”) by David Mamet follows Binky Rudich, his friend Viv, and his almost-human sheep, Bob, as they tinker with a two-speed clock in the hopes of altering time — as Binky explains, “Time on Earth moves at the same speed all the time, but there is another speed, a slower speed, and if we could find it, everything would stand still on Earth and we would spin off.” When they mange to “spin off,” they find themselves traveling to Crestview, Fourth World in the Goolagong System, which is ruled by George Topax and guarded by the Great Space Pandas. When Supreme Ruler Topax commands that Bob be brought to him, never again to leave Goolagong, and steals the two-speed clock just to make sure, the excitement multiplies. Directed by Madeline DeCourcey. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15. Tickets are $18.
‘The Lion in Winter’: Sibling rivalry, adultery, and dungeons – “The Lion in Winter” by James Goldman is a modern-day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action, the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family, who are locked in a free-for-all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. The queen, and wealthiest woman in the world, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been kept in prison since raising an army against her husband, King Henry II. Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a kingdom and King Henry’s paramour during the Christmas of 1183. Directed by Rachel Kostrna. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday, April 10-18, and Thursday through Saturday, April 23-25, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, April 12-26. A preview will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9. Tickets for the preview are $5. A pay-what-you-can performance will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16. Regular performance tickets are $18.
Camelot Theatre: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets and information available at camelottheatre.org or 541-535-5250.
‘A Little Night Music’: Stephen Sondheim creates a stunning tour de force when he takes Ingmar Bergman’s comedy of manners, “Smiles of a Summer Night,” and turns it into a musical of masterful execution and elegance. Winner of four Tony Awards, this is a musical work that has forever entranced the world of theatre. Set in 1900 Sweden, “A Little Night Music” explores the infinite possibilities of new romances, second chances and endless surprises. It is hilariously witty and filled with heartbreakingly moving moments of adoration, regret and desire. This dramatic musical celebration of love contains the Grammy Award winning song, the haunting “Send in the Clowns.” Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through March 21, at 2 p.m. Sundays through March 22. Tickets are $20 to $38.
‘Spotlight on Bette Midler’: Bette Midler is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian and film producer. She began her professional career in several Off- Off-Broadway plays before catapulting her career in “Fiddler on the Roof” on Broadway in 1967. Midler has released 14 studio albums as a solo artist, made her motion picture debut in 1979 with “The Rose,” and has since starred in a number of hit films, television shows and comedy tours. Midler has won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards and a Tony Award. Camelot’s tribute to Bette Midler will include songs such as “Hello Dolly,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “Do You Want To Dance,” “From a Distance,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and many more. Directed by Todd Nielsen and starring Kristen Calvin. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, March 26-April 18, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, March 29-April 19. Please note this show contains mature themes and strong language. Tickets are $20 to $38. A preview performance will be offered at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 26. Tickets for the preview show are $20.
Collaborative Theatre Project: 555 Medford Center, Medford. Tickets and information are available at ctpmedford.org, by calling 541-779-1055 or at the box office. Group rates are available.
‘Our Town’: Written by American playwright Thornton Wilder, the play comes to life at the dawn of the 20th century, following characters as they progresses through time and reflect on their memories. A bare stage, with minimal set pieces, and devoid of scenic elements is the canvas against which all the people of the town come to life. Dr. and Mrs. Gibbs have two children, George and Rebecca. The family across the path is headed by Editor Webb and Mrs. Webb and children Emily and Wally. Both these families are bound together by joy and sorrow — and it is the journey of Emily and George that shows all the little moments of life that we often ignore. Directed by Susan Aversa-Orrego. Curtain is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through April 11, and at 1:30 p.m. Sundays, March 15-April 12. An Opening Night Gala will be held Friday, March 13, and will feature local food and beverages. Tickets are $20 to $28.
Crater Renaissance Academy: Crater High School’s Performing Arts Center, 655 N. Third St., Central Point. Tickets are available at the door, online at sites.google.com/district6.org/craterpac or by calling the box office at 541-494-6348.
‘Seussical the Musical’: Central Point School District 6 and Crater High School students will present “Seussical the Musical.” From the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant. Based on selections from popular works of Dr. Seuss and written by Tony-winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Directed by Davey Kashuba, along with Holly Nienhaus as choreographer and Shayne Flock as music director. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15. Tickets are $12, $8 for seniors, veterans and students.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre: 241 Hargadine St, on the corner of First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets and information are available at theoregoncabaret.com or by calling 541-488-2902. Reservations are required for pre-show dinner and brunch. Appetizers, beverages and desserts are available without reservations. Student rush tickets are $10 and can be purchased 30 minutes before curtain. A 20% discount is available for groups of 10 or more.
‘Steel Magnolias’: “Steel Magnolias” is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” go to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle, the outspoken and wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s curmudgeon, Ouiser, an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, and the local social leader, M’Lynn whose daughter, Shelby, is about to marry. The excitement of the wedding quickly turns to concern as Shelby faces a risky pregnancy and myriad health complications. As the women of Chinquapin make their way over life’s many hurdles, they find comfort (and a fair amount of verbal ribbing) in each other. Directed by Galloway Stevens. Performances are set for at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and select Monday and Wednesday nights through March 21, and at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through March 22. Tickets are $39, $36, or $25.
‘The Spitfire Grill’: Percy, a parolee just released from prison, arrives in a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill, the only eatery in a struggling town. It is for sale, but there are no takers, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are $100, and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. A heartfelt musical about healing the wounds of the past and finding your chosen family. The cast will play their own instruments as an onstage orchestra. Mike Wilkins performs and musically directs the show, which contains songs like “Shine” and “Forest for the Trees.” Performances are set for at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Monday, April 2- June 6, and at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays April 5-June 7. Tickets are $29 to $43.
All OSF plays postponed until April 8
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Showtimes, ticket prices and information available at osfashland.org or at 800-219-8161.
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’: Hermia loves Lysander, Demetrius loves Hermia, Helena loves Demetrius, Theseus and Hippolyta are almost newlyweds, and the already-complex marriage of the immortal queen and king of Fairyland is further complicated when one of them falls for an amateur actor-turned-ass. Intrigued by the theory that Shakespeare wrote this play as a wedding gift, director Joseph Haj probes the pitfalls and payoffs of relationships, be they budding or eternal. Seeking out the grace, beauty and delight embedded in the comedy, this joyful, music-laden production invites us to feel as well as laugh. The show runs through Nov. 1 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.
‘The Copper Children’: Based on the true history of “orphan trains” that transported immigrant children (mostly Irish) to homes in the West, this world-premiere play explores the events that led to the sensational (and now-forgotten) “Trial of the Century” custody case that stirred the nation into a frenzied debate about children, law, race, class and religion. Directed by Shariffa Ali, “The Copper Children” takes a sharp look at the collision of good intentions and despicable behavior, blending humor, tragedy, joy and unsentimental social commentary. The show runs through Oct. 31 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.
‘Peter and the Starcatcher’: Pirates, mermaids, swashbuckling fights and a giant ticking crocodile. We know the destination — Neverland — but “Peter and the Starcatcher” is the story of how we got there. In this music-filled prequel to “Peter Pan,” Molly, a brave young girl, leads a ragtag group of orphans on a quest to save the world from the villainous pirate Black Stache. Lavina Jadhwani directs this play, which has an appeal that spans generations. It won five Tony Awards during its Broadway debut, and embraces the child in each of us with a depth and beauty that is far from childish. The show runs through Nov. 1 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.
‘Bring Down the House’: Henry V has died unexpectedly, passing the crown to his young son, Henry VI, and setting off a series of high-stakes political intrigues and battles that result in the loss of England’s French territories and spark the War of the Roses. This epic two-part adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy by Rosa Joshi and Kate Wisniewski is also directed by Joshi, who continues the journey she began in her OSF debut production of “Henry V,” bringing Shakespeare’s language to visceral life with a diverse all-female and nonbinary cast. Part I of the production runs through Nov. 1, and Part II runs through Nov. 1 in the Thomas Theatre. Experience both parts of “Bring Down the House” on one of 26 select dates. See osfashland.org/ for dates and times of the double-showing.
‘Confederates’: Sara, an enslaved woman who wants to fight for the Union in the Civil War, plots an increasingly dangerous path to freedom. Sandra, a brilliant modern-day political science professor, is forced to navigate acts of hostility and the undermining of her authority at work. Leaping back and forth between the parallel struggles of two black women living 160 years apart, playwright Dominique Morisseau takes an unflinching and illuminating look at the complicated and ongoing legacies of institutional racism and gender bias in today’s America. This thought-provoking, dynamically engaging world-premiere “American Revolutions” co-commission with Penumbra Theatre is directed by OSF Artistic Director Nataki Garrett. The show runs April 8 through Oct. 31 in the Thomas Theatre.
‘The Tempest’: Prospero, the exiled duke of Milan, has been raising his daughter on a mystical island and using magic to subjugate its natives. Twelve years after banishment, with vengeance weighing heavily on his mind, Prospero turns his powers toward a passing ship carrying his enemies and the king of Naples, causing it to wreck in a storm. As the castaways find themselves at the mercy of his supernatural machinations, Prospero comes face to face with the past, an opportunity to find long-lost justice, and the hope of returning to his rightful place in the world. Nicholas C. Avila directs an exploration of the good, the bad and the gray areas of human nature. The show runs May 26 through Oct. 18 in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
‘Black Odyssey’: The gods have made a chess game of Ulysses Lincoln’s life, ripping the soldier from his young family and forcing him to face his past as he endeavors to return home to Oakland. Thumping with a vibrant pulse of music, the play reimagines and reclaims Homer’s ancient story for our times with playwright Marcus Gardley’s imaginative poetic style. Directed by Monty Cole, “Black Odyssey” takes the audience on a poignant and epic journey of personal, cultural and national history, through the ravages of Hurricane Katrina and war in Afghanistan, and from heaven to Earth. The show runs May 27 through Oct. 16 in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
‘Bernhardt/Hamlet’: The year is 1897, and French actress Sarah Bernhardt — a giant of the stage, with a level of celebrity the world has never before seen — is determined to play one of Shakespeare’s most coveted roles: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Director Dawn Monique Williams transforms the Allen Elizabethan Theatre into a Belle Epoch playhouse for Theresa Rebeck’s fact-meets-fiction story of a larger-than-life personality. “Bernhardt/Hamlet” is a profound and profoundly funny comedy about a woman who unabashedly shattered society’s expectations and glass ceilings on her way to becoming a legend. The show runs May 28 through Oct. 17 in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
‘Poor Yella Rednecks’: Falling in lust-then-love was the easy part — marriage is harder. Six years after fleeing Vietnam and meeting in a relocation camp, Tong and Quang have settled in El Dorado, Arkansas with their 5-year-old son, but their happily-ever-after is strained by language barriers, money woes and Quang’s first wife entering the equation. Victor Malana Maog directs this sequel to Qui Nguyen’s wildly popular “Vietgone,” which packs in even more hip-hop and imagination than its predecessor and stands on its own two feet as an outrageous autobiographical love story. The show runs July 2 through Oct. 31 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.
‘Everything That Never Happened’: Taking place in the gaps between what Shakespeare made and the realities of Jewish history, this play reveals everything you didn’t see take place in “The Merchant of Venice.” Jessica, daughter of Shylock, falls in love with Lorenzo, a Christian, and decides she must leave the father she loves, her culture and her religion so she can marry him. Rich with humor and heartbreak, up-and-coming talent Sarah B. Mantell’s new play plumbs the three-dimensional humanity of some of Shakespeare’s most iconic characters and the complexity at the heart of all of their actions. Jessica Kubzansky directs this time-bending tale of disguise, assimilation, pomegranates and everything Shakespeare left out. The show runs July 21 through Oct. 31 in the Thomas Theatre.
Randall Theatre: 20 S. Fir St., Medford. Tickets and information are available at randalltheatre.com or by calling 541-632-3258. Pick-your-price tickets are available 30 minutes before shows, subject to availability.
‘I Do! I Do!”: This high-spirited musical, with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, follows Michael and Agnes as they live, laugh, quarrel and love through 50 years of marriage — from the starry-eyed dreams of their wedding night through the challenges of child-rearing, the rough patches of midlife, threats of infidelity and, finally, the comfort that love conquers all. Directed by Kathy Wing with assistant director David Alonso Rodriguez and musical direction by Sean Warren. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 3-18, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, April 5-19. There will be no performances on Easter Sunday, April 12. Reserved tickets are $18.
Rogue Theater Company: The Crystal Ballroom at the Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St., Ashland. See roguetheatercompany.com or call 541-205-9190.
‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’: As a door slams at the end of “A Doll’s House,” a wife and mother leaves her family behind, freeing herself from the shackles of traditional societal constraints. Now, 15 years later, that same door opens to reveal Nora, a changed woman with a favor to ask of the people she’s abandoned. Written in 2017, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”, Lucas Hnath’s bitingly funny modern sequel to Ibsen’s revolutionary masterpiece, unfolds in a series of bristling stand-offs. In Nora’s world, behind every opinion there is a person — and a slammed door isn’t just an end, but also the chance for a new beginning. Please note this production contains adult themes and language. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, May 8-16, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, May 10-17. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors and students. A preview performance will be offered at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 7. Tickets for the preview are $15. An opening night benefit show will be given Friday, May 8. Tickets for the 8 p.m. opening night show are $25.
Teen Musical Theater of Oregon: Craterian Performances’ youth theater program stages professional productions at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets and information are available at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.
‘Children of Eden’: ***This show has been postponed*** Award-winning theater greats, composer Stephen Schwartz and writer John Caird, present an inspiring and poignant musical straight from the book of Genesis in the Bible that explores the universal themes of family and love. In this TMTO production, the joys and sorrows of parenthood take center stage as the Old Testament stories of Adam and Eve, Noah, their families and the almighty Father play out over centuries. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, and Friday, March 20, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 15, and Saturday, March 21. Tickets are $24, $12 for ages 22 and younger.